The cherry on the top of Bill White's troubles is the fact, that while he sits in a federal prison, Roanoke, VA is salting the earth so that he would never grow again by making sure at least one home in a multiracial neighborhood he tried to make a part of his white-only community is going to have a most excellent purpose now - one he will most certainly hate.
One People's Project
ROANOKE, Va. – While neo-Nazi Bill White stews in a federal prison, a major facet of his efforts to force himself on an unwanting public is getting a facelift. According to the Roanoke Times, at least one of the homes he owned as part of what he called his “Ghetto Beautification Project” – where he attempted to purchase homes in a multiracial, low income community in an effort to create a whites-only living space – is being renovated to be used by it’s new owner, a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization whose focus is providing safe living conditions for low-income, elderly or disabled homeowners who cannot afford to maintain their properties.
Wells Fargo Bank, after foreclosing on the property on Chapman Ave., donated the property to Rebuilding Together Roanoke, who took possession of the house last month. Volunteers, who came from as far out as Ohio and included employees of Wells Fargo and Norfolk Southern, then began the work of cleaning and removing old appliances from the property.
At one time, Bill White, who came into prominence as a member of the National Socialist Movement, owned 20 properties on the West End of Roanoke. On his website Overthrow.com he would routinely attack his black and biracial tenants, and brag about evicting them. In 2008, he was arrested and eventually convicted of inciting violence and sentenced to 30 months imprisonment. Around the same time his realty empire began to crumble and Wells Fargo foreclosed on his homes.
White was released in April 2011, but in March 2012, after a federal appeals court threw out the 30-month sentence and set a new sentencing date for enhanced sentencing because at least one of the victims was a child, he fled to Mexico where he was arrested by authorities. He is currently in a Oklahoma federal detention center awaiting transfer to Roanoke.
As workers toiled away at one of White’s properties, it was an entirely different climate from when White owned the home. "Everybody's making jokes and laughing and there seems to be great camaraderie among the volunteers," said Nichole Pendleton, chairwoman of the Roanoke Regional Housing Network.